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welcome to "world news tonight." and breaking news. the fallout. the explosive report, what we never knew. the cia torture revealed. and tonight, the warnings. u.s. embassies, military bases, bracing for a backlash. also tonight, two major storms in the west. historic, about to strike. in the east, the nor'easter hitting right now. a deadly ride home. tricks flipped over. the jet smashing into a suburban neighborhood. what we've just learned. and what the mother inside the home was trying to do. and bargain hunters tonight. how to knock down that holiday price. online, and right there in the store. the tricks. plus, the great made in america christmas is back tonight. >> made in america!
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good evening. and we begin tonight with several breaking stories. two major storms hitting on both coasts tonight. but first, the fallout from the storm unleashed in washington today. the cia torture report now revealed and this evening, for the first time, we hear in detail what was done in secret prisons after 9/11. from the chains to the coffin to the confusion over who was on our side. the cia firing back tonight, arguing it worked. this evening, you're about to hear it for yourself. the american people left to decide. let's get right to abc's martha raddatz, leading us off tonight. martha? >> reporter: david, some of these detainees are al qaeda operatives suspected in taking part in the worst terrorist attacks in this country's history. the details of what american interrogators did to detainees are vivid and gruesome.
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stripped naked and diapered, one detainee chained to a wall for 17 straight days in a standing position, another threatened with a drill, one left to die in a cell from hypothermia. at least five detainees were hydrated or fed through a tube inserted into the colon to give the interrogator, quote, total control over the detainee. >> the interrogations of cia detainees were absolutely brutal, far worse than the cia represented them to policy-makers and others. >> reporter: the first terrorist detained, abu zubaydah, a key al qaeda operative, was waterboarded 83 times at a cia black site. after convulsing and vomitting, in one session he became completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth. kept in a coffin-size box for 11 days, he was told the only way he would leave the facility was in a coffin. today's report concluded that despite the extreme interrogation, zubaydah had no
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new information about future plots. eventually, even the cia team began to fall apart. "it seems the collective opinion that we should not go much further. several on the team profoundly affected. some to the point of tears and choking up." cia officers were operating at black sites from afghanistan to thailand to poland, interrogating 119 detainees and some of the interrogators themselves, the report says, included individuals with workplace anger management issues and had reportedly admitted to sexual assault. >> history will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and a willingness to face an ugly truth and say never again. >> and martha, the report reveals that two of the detainees being punished were actually on our side, they were our own informants? >> reporter: that's right.
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two of the detainees shackled for 24 hours in a standing position were later to be found out to be informants of the cia who had been trying to share intelligence with the agency. here's another stunning revelation tonight, david. the report concludes that torture did not lead to useful information in any of the 20 cases that were investigated. >> martha, thank you. as you know, tonight, several former cia directors are furious, fighting back, arguing the tactics did work and they eventually led to osama bin laden. how? through his personal messager. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: the tactics were harsh, but the cia says it is flat-out wrong to say they did not work. the brutal interrogations, cia director john brennan said today, did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives. and in a fiery defense of the spy agency's honor, three former cia directors and their deputies say in "the wall street journal," the senate report is a
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partisan attack on the agency that has done the most to protect america after the 9/11 attacks. they've even launched their own website. ciasavedlives.com. the report makes the cia sound like a rogue agency, but the spy chiefs say the program was fully authorized by the justice department and the white house. the report says president bush didn't know all the specifics, but just last week, he defended the cia. >> we're fortunate to have men and women who work hard at the cia. >> reporter: one key question -- did the interrogations help get osama bin laden? s report sails the report sails ays no. the cia says yes. that only through harsh interrogation did they discover bin laden's personal messager and following him led to bin laden's hideout in pakistan. the report was done entirely by democrats and most republicans are trashing it. but not john mccain, who, himself, was tortured in vietnam.
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were are and who we as spire to do. we must not. >> and john is with us live from the white house. and we heard support for president bush there. have we heard if president obama supports what he learned from this report? >> reporter: we heard from president obama's director of the cia, saying he disagrees with the report on that critical question of whether or not it saved lives. the director of the cia, obama's director, says yes it did. they're not saying that here at the white house. all they're saying, even if the interrogation program worked, it wasn't worth it. >> jon, thank you. and of course, the question now, does revealing all of this put americans in greater danger? will there be a backlash? u.s. embassies and military warned and tonight, the president, one-on-one with our partners at fusion. here's what my colleague jorge ramos asked about our safety. >> are we in danger right now of an attack, either at home or abroad because of this report?
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>> we've taken precautionary measures in our 'em ba similars and around the world. there's never a perfect time to release a report like this. but it was important for us, i think, to recognize that part of what sets us apart is when we do something wrong, we acknowledge it. >> jorge ramos with president obama late today. sglil we move on now. two powerful storms on both coasts tonight. in the east, a powerful nor'easter hitting right now. 36 million in the storm zone. snow, freezing rain, high winds and dangerous come mute home. in delaware, the driver of an suv floufing through flood waters. here in new york, waves slamming into a neighborhood in the bronx. and 200 miles to the north in massachusetts tonight, that lighthouse, slammed by giant waves. and that's where we find abc's linzie jan his for us tonight. >> reporter: david, wind gusts here have reached 61 miles an hour. we're in the middle of a storm that's pummelling the northeast.
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tonight, a deadly mix of rain, ice and snow pounding millions. from deleware to the coast of massachusetts, where nor'easter winds battered homes, ripping off shingles. high winds along the jersey shore, too. >> i couldn't get out my front door. >> reporter: massive waves breaching sea walls. houses surrounded by water. up to four inches of rain, stranding drivers. area schools cancelling classes. away from the coast, freezing raincoating everything in a sheet of ice. from roofs to roads. hundreds of accidents. in upstate new york, the icy storm turning deadly. five tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles in this crash. at least one of those passengers killed. the messy conditions snarling air travel, too. over 2,000 flights delayed and nearly 1,000 flight s cancelled.
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back here on the massachusetts coast, residents going outdoors only when they have to. >> i'm a dog walker, so, i have the -- >> reporter: david, you can see just how wet and powerful this nor'easter is, and it is expected to keep this up all night. david? >> linzie, thank you. let's get right to ginger now and the live radar coming in. >> you can see all the rain in blue and then that area where it transitions to pink and white. that's what i'm most concerned about. there are roads closed already tonight. likely schools closed in the morning. you can see some of the heaviest snow. we're all through with it. we have to go west and talk about a series of storms. waves already 30 feet underneath these. seattle metro could see 65-mile-per-hour wind gusts going into thursday. look at the heavy rains. sacramento to san francisco. as much as they needed. you have the burn scars and flood watches. up to six, even eight inches of rain and a warning, david, for the northern sierra. wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour with one to three feet of snow. >> watching it straight through "gma." ginger, thank you. now, to that deadly jet
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crash, right into a suburban maryland, killing everyone on board and members of that young family inside. tonight, investigators are now studying these new images capturing the smoke and flames. the plane in pieces right there in the yard. there had been questions about a possible bird strike. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila with what they're saying now. >> i just saw a jet hit a house. >> reporter: and this sudden inferno is what came next, captured in new video, just moments after the twin engine private jet dove cockpit first a mile short of the runway. >> he went straight down into that house. >> reporter: the man behind the home video, scott manseu, arrived alongside police and before firefighters. explosions all around and inside the crippled fuselage -- three dead. >> there's one strapped in the seat and one right under the plane. >> reporter: scott knew from the flames more victims were likely. >> it was really hot. so anybody in that house would have been in trouble. >> reporter: inside that burning
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house, marie grimmell and her two sons, all found in a windowless bathroom. the desperate mom still shielding her 3-year-old and baby with her own body. no one survived. >> she's just the most amazing, sweetest, kindest woman. >> reporter: her bravery touching the nation, a donation website raising more than a quarter million dollar so far. marie's husband posting late today, "no words can describe the enormity of our loss and sadness. the outpouring of support has been overwhelming." the ntsb now focused on possibly pilot error. the plane just not moving fast enough to fly. and there's no evidence of a bird strike in those engines. david? >> jim avila, thank you. now, to an urgent new warning tonight for millions of americans with prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet. the cdc says doctors write 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, narcotics, every year. the cdc saying that's enough for one bottle of narcotics for every adult in this country. and tonight here, a stunning finding a new report revealing
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that patients prescribed a drug for more than 30 days, nearly half of them still on that drug years latser. let's get right to abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser tonight. we're talking about narcotics here, how troubling is this? >> reporter: it's very troubling. they looked at 36 million prescriptions. what they found is nearly half of those patients who are described a narcotic and took it for more than 30 days, they were still on it three years later. >> wow, three years or longer. these are narcotics. is that what these are made for? >> reporter: they're not. these are meant for short-term use. the cdc says every day, 46 people die from narcotic overdose, when they are combined with sleeping pills. so, next time you go to your doctor, bring in your medications. >> all right, great advice, rich, thank you. now, to the man who caused a fire storm. tonight, apologizing. jonathan gruber, hailed as one of the architects of obama care, who characterized american vote
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earls as stupid. >> lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. and basically, call it the stupidity of the american voter or whatever, but basically that was really critical to getting this thing to pass. >> well, tonight, he is apologizing, calling his comments thoughtless and doubt right insulting. we're going to turn now to the royals here in america. and this evening, this image. lafing a bouquet of white roses at the 9/11 mel more y'all. and abc's amy robach is covering their visit. >> reporter: battling the wind and the rain, the royal couple making their way to ground zero today, the prince holding an umbrella over his pregnant wife's head, visiting the 9/11 memorial, where the duchess laid flowers over the names of the victims with a note signed simply "william and catherine." a somber stop on a soggy day of sightseeing. william later taking in the view from the top of the empire state building. last night, british royalty meeting american royalty, william and kate rubbing elbows with beyonce and jay-z, sitting courtside for the big game,
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waving at the kiss cam and joking afterwards with lebron james. >> what shoe size are you? >> probably twice the size -- half the size of yours. >> i've got to get you some, man. >> reporter: and then there was the hug -- king james draping his arm around the princess, a royal no-no? palace sources say it's not. and perhaps the royals have grown used to american affection. after all, in 2009, first lady michelle obama did hug the queen. and last night, duchess kate just went with the moment. and we are here at the metropolitan museum of art. the final stop, a star-studded gala for the royal couple, raising funding for their alma mater. from here, straight back to the airport, across the pond and a beautiful reunion with little prince george, david. >> amy robach, live at the met. move out of the way. you're making me nervous there with the traffic. much more ahead here on "world news tonight." the intense manhunt under way. this brazen bank heist. customers with their hands up there.
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competitive bidding, seen on sites like ebay and priceline, is becoming increasingly popular. but experts say bargaining can work just about anywhere. from big retrailers to smaller stores. so if someone does want to ask for a discount, are there any things that would work? >> we feel they are buying enough pieces, you know, we try to do something for them. >> reporter: can't hurt to ask. and it could save you cash. experts say try to negotiate a lower price by looking for products with small flaws and offer to pay in cash. could get you a deal. >> mara, thank you. when we come back here on the broadcast, that bank heist, the manhunt. and late word about joan rivers. the stunning number, and the gift tonight. and cialis for daily useor you. helps you be ready anytime the moment is right. cialis is also the only daily ed tablet approved to treat symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain,
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it's the most wonderful time for the great made in america christmas. your one thing and so-you know the drill. >> are you in? >> yeah, i'm in. >> reporter: this woman taking pictures of the lights. where are you from? >> actually the christmas city, bethlehem, p.a. >> reporter: are you in? >> i'm in. >> reporter: you'll buy one thing? >> definitely. >> reporter: all the famed win domes in new york. we wondered, what was she thinking, that ballet dancer? we went to find the real thing. walking into lincoln's center, the new york city ballet. the young faces waving back. and listen closely. you can hear them practicing the harp. i'm not making that up. 2,500 seats. you can see the balconies that will be completely filled for the holiday season. you can hear the secret code punched in at the door and we're backstage at the nutcracker. and this is the view they all have. the cakes, the props. and little harlan, putting the nutcracker in place.
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give me five? and that nutcracker, made in america. >> hello, david. >> reporter: and back to that stage. merry christmas. the lead dancers of the nutcracker. the lead role with his made in america gift. >> for my sister. >> reporter: mixers for your christmas cocktails. her pick? >> this is jewelry. >> reporter: for a dear friend. >> will you lend her the crown? >> i wish i could. >> reporter: the t-shirt from lucky brand. and the rat with burt's bees lotion from north carolina. workers thank that rat tonight. >> happy holidays. >> reporter: holding her nail polish, made in the usa. let me see your nails. oh. i think the rat needs some help. don't forget the pet. >> peanut butter and jelly flavored dog treats. >> hi, david! >> reporter: and there was
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henry. >> i'm flaying the nutcracker. >> reporter: you are playing the nutcracker. you are the nutcracker. the t-shirt, the design. this is very different from what you have on today. >> yeah. >> i'm a snowflake. >> reporter: the smokeflay with shaving products from the art of shaving, made in america. someone clean shaven for christmas. and backstage tonight, cleaned up and ready to go. not before those three words -- >> made in america! >> the nutcracker kicking things off. send us your ideas, your one thing made in america this holiday. we'll keep this going. see you tomorrow night. good night.
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